Time is valued more than anything in the world today and its importance of it stems from the rising demand for business jets. Bombardier can stake a claim to be one of the most popular names and it’s new Global 8000 turns up the volume further. Bombardier calls it the ‘world’s fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet’ while having the only four-zone cabin business jet to have a range of 8,000 nautical miles.
The Global 8000 builds on the popularity of the 7500 and adds in a fresh dollop of speed along with that. Crucially, current Global 7500 operators will be able to retrofit their aircraft to get the same performance enhancements as the Global 8000 aircraft.
The two crucial numbers include its 8,000 nautical miles range and a top speed of Mach 0.94. That means it can do multi-city flights like Dubai-Houston, Singapore-Los Angeles, London-Perth, and many others.
Along with the speed, this is a significant increase along with having a maximum Mach operating speed (MMO) of M0.94 which now makes it the fastest business jet in the world. A demonstration flight of a 7500 flight test aircraft was done back in May 2021 along with a NASA F/A-18 chase plane and that resulted in a speed of Mach 1.015 plus. This type of speed is something that has only been witnessed since the Concorde. During the demonstration flight, the aircraft also became the first in terms of Transport Category airplane to fly supersonically with sustainable aviation fuel.
Alongside the speed, there are also claims of having the lowest cabin altitude in its class of 2,900 feet when flying at 41,000 ft. There is also the Bombardier’s Pũr Air and a HEPA filter on board. There are four personalized suites which also include the Nuage seat with the first-ever ‘zero gravity position’. This seat basically improves neck comfort and reduces lower back pressure.
There is also a Principal Suite with a full-size bed and a stand-up shower while entertainment and technology needs are taken care of by a touch CMS and OLED touch dial along with having a l’Opéra directional audio sound system being available with a 4K monitor.
Just like in new luxury cars, the cockpit gains fly-by-wire technology.
The Global 8000 enters service within the next few years in 2025 and with that, it will eventually replace the 7500 while the $78 million price tag should not deter potential buyers with its lure of speed and comfort.
Demand for the business jets has remained steady and increasing with the elite splurging more due to the convenience afforded by them. Bombardier also wants to increase its market share as it will lock horns with the Gulfstream G700 and Falcon 10X- both of which are $75 million each.